Derelict land to be opened as car park


It’s good news all the way for Uckfield commuters as signal lights turn to green to herald a new station car park.

Representatives from the Uckfield Town Steering Group met Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns in the middle of the month to discuss the way forward for a new park on the former station site.

People at the meeting included members of County, District and Town councils supported by Wealden MP Charles Hendry.

Mr Burns welcomed plans for a new car park and said he would support the transfer of land from current owners, the British Rail Board Residuary, to Network Rail at ‘open market value’ and at the earliest possible opportunity.

Such support builds on proposals for increasing the car parking provision within the town and which have been developed and supported by the Steering Group following widespread public consultation carried out earlier this year. This proposal is part of a package of measures now agreed by Cllr Carl Maynard, lead member for transport and environment at East Sussex County Council.

Chairman of the Steering Group, Mick Harker said: “I am pleased that we now have the support of the Transport Minister in this matter. The lack of station car parking has long been a local issue but we feel that Network Rail are best placed to now resolve the problem with the support of local partners. We understand that they would be in a position to purchase the land and discussions have already taken place with regard to them applying for planning permission and building the car park. We will be happy to support them in preparing the business case and in future negotiations to make this happen.”

Local traders welcome the scheme as currently commuters leave cars in the business park, making access difficult for customers and staff.